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SCCL: Chivas Takes Down Toronto FC At Home

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Carlos Cisneros (#24 MF, C.D. Chivas Guadalajara) with the ball during the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Final match (leg 1) between Toronto FC and C.D. Chivas Guadalajara at BMO Field (Score 1:2) in Toronto, Canada, on April 17, 2018. (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was not looking good for Liga MX sides, especially those who had to face Toronto FC. With frigid cold and a damp pitch, the Mexican teams struggled to find a rhythm up in Canada. On Tuesday, Chivas went to Toronto with no hopes of any league championship in Mexico but had one last chance to salvage something from their season with a CONCACAF title.

It didn’t even take three minutes for Chivas to get on the board. Isaác Brizuela won the angle on the right flank and sent in a low cross towards José Godínez who dummied the ball behind him, finding Rodolfo Pizarro with a small window to take an open shot. The ball went past Alex Bono and Chivas were up, 1-0, just like that.

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Toronto FC didn’t seem too shell-shocked, as their ability to close down space was giving Chivas some difficulties. In the 19th minute, poor marking let Jonathan Osorio sneak to the far post and tap one in past replacement keeper Miguel Jiménez.

Both teams had some moments of brilliance after the game was leveled, but nothing found the back of the net before the half where the teams stayed 1-1.

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Despite a choppy first few moments of the second half for Chivas, they thankfully kept the game level. In the 70th minute, Chivas won a dangerous free kick, seemingly too far for a shot at the goal. However, Alan Pulido stepped up and sent an absolute howler that Alex Bono could do nothing about. The ball found the net and sent Chivas up, 2-1, on the road in a snowy BMO stadium.

The victory for Chivas is a huge boost because no Mexican team in this CONCACAF tournament has been able to down Toronto FC at home. With no glory left in the Liga MX this season, it’s all coming down to the final leg on Wednesday, April 25.

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